Le Chic En Rose

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Another trip down memory lane this week – a quick tour of Como City and its environs (you can find an excellent visitor’s guide here) where we stayed on our first trip to the lake in 2009.

 

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Lake Como Near Como City

 

We only had 3 nights here on this trip and arrived mid afternoon on the first day, which gave us in effect 2 full days. Our first evening greeted us with a bang in the form of a spectacular thunderstorm, which lit up the lake and thwarted plans for a relaxing stroll round the lake followed by dinner. We made it as far as the little bar on the corner of Piazza Cavour (our hotel the Metropole Suisse was on the opposite corner). Aperitivos turned into pizza as we contemplated how to get back to our hotel without getting soaked!

 

 

 

Next day was much brighter! Although as we rode up to Brunate on the funicular railway (see here), we could see the post rain haze persisting over the mountains. In the afternoon we took a short cruise on Lake Como up to some of the villages in the lower part of the lake, including Moltrasio.

 

 

The southern end of the lake is far more built up than the central lakeside villages (Bellagio, Varenna, Menaggio etc) but it is stunningly beautiful as well. Its proximity to Milan, about an hour’s drive away, and the major road and rail transport links make it an attractive proposition. It’s also only 15 minutes to the Italian/Swiss border point at Chiasso.  We’d come down on the train from Lucerne in Switzerland via Lugano and to avoid further travelling opted to stay in Como itself although we headed up to the central lake by ferry on our last full day in Italy.

 

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Lake Como Promenade

 

Each day we walked on the lakeside promenade and admired the gorgeous wisteria and the elegant Villa Olmo. The latter is a neoclassical villa built at the end of the 18th century and now used mainly for cultural events and exhibitions. We also watched the seaplanes of the Como Aero Club taking off and landing – a different way to see the lake though we didn’t book a flight!

 

 

Como has delightfully elegant streets, lovely shops and many churches and museums. In the Piazza Duomo you’ll find the late gothic cathedral dating from 1396. It wasn’t completed until the early 18th century when the cupola was added. The beautiful facade was constructed from 1455-1486. On our second night we enjoyed a superb meal at one of the many restaurants dotted round the piazza perimeter.

 

 

Our final day was spent exploring the central part of the lake stopping off at Bellagio and later Menaggio, which I’ve covered in detail in the posts about our most recent trip. It was aperitivos in Menaggio on our last day (see here) that made us determined to come back to this part of the world one day and we were lucky enough to do so this April.

 

View from Hotel Du Lac towards Lake Como

View from the front of Hotel Du Lac Menaggio

 

On the far side of the lakeside promenade in Como, you come to a small harbour with pretty views back towards Villa Olmo across the lake. The whole street at this point is lined with little cafes and restaurants. On our last night, we enjoyed a lovely dinner here sitting outside on the lakeside terrace. Like many Como restaurants the one we chose specialised in fish dishes fresh from the lake.

 

 

The rain stayed away and we were treated to a wonderful sunset over the lake with stunning colours of pinks, peaches and lilacs – a fitting way to end our first trip to Lake Como!

 

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Sunset Over Como

 

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8 thoughts on “Down Memory Lane In Como City

  1. restlessjo says:

    It’s such a beautiful part of the world, isn’t it? I will never forget sitting with my feet up on a chair outside a cafe at Bardolino as the water swelled and swelled beneath it. Crisis! What if the waiter couldn’t reach us with drinks? 🙂 🙂 It all ended well and was sunny again within an hour. Wishing you a happy weekend, Rosemay.

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    1. So pleased the waiter managed to reach you with the drinks Jo! That would have been a real problem especially if you ended up in the lake! It’s a gorgeous part of the world and the sun usually comes out again soon though they do get some torrential storms, which must be to do with the proximity to the mountains. Hope you have a relaxed weekend too Jo and things are going ok in the circumstances 😃

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  2. That sunset is just glorious Rosemary, not surprised at all that you went back to Como, it looks beautiful and very tempting!! Nice to go back down memory lane I think and look at trips that were special like this one. We visited Como years ago when we were in Milan, the weather was dreadful and poured with rain the whole trip – I remember having to buy more substantial shoes just to cope with the deluge!! We do though have fond memories of Como and I would love to go back someday.

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    1. Yes the sunsets especially on that evening were magical Joy 🙂 Como is beautiful but when it rains it really pours down! Think it must be to do with the warmer air from the south meeting the colder air from the Alps as we had a huge storm on both of our first nights in Lake Como. We were sitting on the restaurant terrace in Menaggio this April huddling away from the rain and hoping the roof didn’t leak! An excuse to buy new shoes is one positive though!! I had boots with me on both trips fortunately – even in summer think I would take a pair of ankle boots as the weather can change so fast near the mountains. Como is a great place to stay if you’re coming up from Milan and you can always get the ferries up the lake to see the gorgeous villages. Normally I try to do recent trips on the blog but this trip tied in well with the recent posts I’ve done (when we didn’t go down as far as Como) so wanted to include the southern end of the lake. It was a special trip and wanted to include some of the photos plus I think Como has a timeless beauty. Hope you can go back some day and get better weather as it’s stunning when the sun is out! 🙂

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  3. Inês says:

    Hi Rosemary! Thank you for your support on Supper Club – your blog is so interesting and full of beautiful pictures (this sunset over Lake Como is breathtaking!). I know where to go when I need travel inspiration, or just a temporary escape from city life 🙂 I’ll keep an eye out for your new posts! Love,
    Inês

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    1. Hi Ines, thanks so much for following my blog! Glad you like the posts and photos – we loved Lake Como as you can see! Love the idea behind your blog too and it’s great that I can now have your recipes popping up in my newsfeed I will enjoy trying them out! Take care love Rosemary 😀

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  4. Inger says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! What really caught my eye was the building with the built in statues in stone on the side. Very special and so beautiful! It is a church maybe?

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    1. Thanks Inger – yes it’s the back end of the Duomo. This is the street leading into the Duomo Piazza. It is decorated with some beautiful statues and sculptures 😃

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